About Prisoner of Second Avenue
Set in the 1970's, The Prisoner of Second Avenue is a black comedy depicting a New York couple, Mel (Jeff Goldblum) and Edna Edison, enduring the trials and tribulations of city life. Mel is made redundant and the stress of an economic crisis and urban life pushes him into having a nervous breakdown. The family gathers to offer support, with Edna stoically bearing the burden of his disintegration and self-pity.
The Prisoner of Second Avenue originally premiered on Broadway in 1971, starring Peter Falk and Lee Grant, where it ran for two years and received a Tony Award nomination. It was subsequently made into a film in 1975, starring Jack Lemmon and Anne Bankcroft.
Neil Simon is the winner of three Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, the Mark Twain Award for American Humor and was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in 1995. His plays include Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Sunshine Boys, California Suite, Chapter Two, Lost in Yonkers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Dinner Party and books for the musicals for Little Me, Sweet Charity (currently playing in the West End), Promises Promises (currently on Broadway), They're Playing Our Song and The Goodbye Girl.
Jeff Goldblum plays Mel. Recent theatre includes Speed the Plow at The Old Vic, The Pillowman on Broadway (Outer Critics’ Circle Award, Drama Critics’ Award, nominations for Drama Desk and Drama League Awards). Films include Fay Grim, The Life Aquatic, Igby Goes Down, California Split, Nashville, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Prince of Egypt, Powder, Mr Frost, Annie Hall, The Adventures of
Buckaroo Banzai, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Fly, Deep Cover, The Right Stuff, Between The Lines, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Into the Night, Next Stop - Greenwich Village,
The Tall Guy, and Adam Resurrected. Jeff was nominated for an Academy Award for directing the live-action short film Little Surprises, was nominated for an Emmy Award for his television appearance on Will and Grace, and served on the jury of the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
Terry Johnson is a multi-award winning playwright and director and is also Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre. He has been honoured with ten major British Theatre awards, including two Olivier Awards and two Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Terry’s production of La Cage aux Folles on Broadway has been nominated for 11 Tony Awards including Best Direction of a Musical and Best Revival of a Musical and he has just won the
Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical. Terry’s recent West End productions include: La Cage aux Folles, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, End of the Rainbow, Rain Man, Whipping It Up, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Hitchcock Blonde, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, The Graduate, Dead Funny, Hysteria, Elton John's Glasses and The Memory of Water. He has worked with Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, directing John
Malkovich in The Libertine (nominated for five Jeff Awards, including Best Production) and Lost Land, both plays by Stephen Jeffries. He has written and directed for international
television, most recently The Man Who Lost His Head for ITV and Not Only But Always for Channel Four, which won five International Award nominations, Best Film at Banff and a BAFTA for Rhys Ifans.
“Two of America’s finest actors, Jeff Goldblum and Mercedes Ruehl, in their prime and on blistering form … a master class in comic acting” - The Independent
“Winning performances from Jeff Goldblum and Mercedes Ruehl, plus pretty expert direction from Terry Johnson” - The Daily Telegraph